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RAYTHEON EARNS FAA INCENTIVE AWARD FOR WIND SHEAR DETECTION SYSTEMS

    LEXINGTON, Mass., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Aviation Administration acceptance of Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) sites serving airports at Houston and Atlanta has earned Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $9.6 million schedule incentive payment.
    The systems were installed by Raytheon at Houston's Intercontinental Airport and Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport as part of an FAA contract for the design, development, production, and turnkey installation of 47 TDWR systems throughout the nation.
    Raytheon's Equipment Division and Raytheon Service Company earned the incentive award by completing the two systems six months ahead of schedule.
    "To the best of my knowledge," said Donald H. Turnbull, program manager for weather radar at the FAA, "Raytheon is the first contractor to win such an award.
    "This is an impressive achievement," Turnbull added. "It gives us an important head start in our efforts to put these critical safety systems to work on behalf of the flying public."
    The TDWR program is a key element in the FAA's capital investment plan -- the primary vehicle for the modernization of the nation's air traffic control system.  TDWR responds to a congressional mandate to improve wind shear detection equipment at airports in the wake of several catastrophic airline accidents attributed to wind shear.
    The TDWR program is designed to detect and report, in real time, hazardous weather conditions, including deadly wind shear, in and around airport terminal areas.  The system also provides advance warning of gust fronts and wind shifts, allowing air traffic controllers to manage terminal air traffic patterns more effectively, thus saving fuel and reducing delays.  FAA plans call for the installation of TDWR systems at 45 major U.S. airports by early 1995.
    Walter H. Stowell, senior vice president and Equipment Division general manager, credited the early delivery of the TDWR systems to the cooperative efforts of a team consisting of Raytheon, the FAA, Martin Marietta, and MIT's Lincoln Laboratory.
    The FAA plans to commission the Houston system this summer, followed closely by the commissioning of sites covering the Memphis and Atlanta airports.
    A production system has also been installed at the FAA's aeronautical center in Oklahoma City and is used for operational and maintenance training for FAA personnel.
    Raytheon Company, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified, technology-based $9 billion international company with sales in four business segments:  Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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    /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412/
    (RTN)


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